Mary Eleanor (Barnes) Smith

September 20, 1942 - December 29, 2014
Mary Eleanor (Barnes) Smith

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Lanexa- Mary Eleanor (Barnes) Smith, 72, of Lanexa, Virginia, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2014, following a brief illness. Mrs. Smith, the daughter of Irene (Bloxom) and R. Forrest Barnes, spent her childhood on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, graduating from Parksley High School. She relocated to Richmond, Virginia, where she attended St. Lukeís School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse in both hospital and private care settings until her retirement.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph W. Smith, and her son, Forrest ìRustyî Smith. She is survived by her son, Joseph Smith; daughter in-law, Denise Smith; grandchildren, Blake, Cheryll, Collin and Gregory Smith; sister, Judith Creger; in-laws Jerry Creger, Donna and Ken App, Diane and Gregory Smith, and Polly Melvin; and her loving extended family and friends, including the Dinsmore family.

A graveside service will be held 2:00pm Friday, January 2, 2015 at Williamsburg Memorial Park, 130 King William Drive, Williamsburg, Virginia. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society ( or a charity of your choice. Bucktrout Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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  • December 31, 2014
    Jean and Frank Reed says:
    Mary has been a treasured friend to me. We had many adventures during our time together @ St. Lukes. We continued to keep in touch although I moved to Fla.many years ago. God bless you Mary and provide the peace and comfort that you so deserve.

  • December 31, 2014
    Jennifer Creger Millee says:
    My Aunt was a unique and wonderful woman, who deeply loved her family and friends. She was an amazing researcher who enjoyed genealogy, travel, and her curiosity was easily piqued. Though I didn't get to see her as often as I would have liked, I truly appreciate her and the beauty she brought into this world. I love you, Aunt Mary, and may you rest in peace.

  • December 31, 2014
    Judy Moore says:
    We were roommates 36 months in nursing school.Had a great time.Her uncle was Chief of Surgery & good friend with my country family doctor. We had phone conversations in the last 6weeks about leaving this earth & going to HEAVEN.